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design project: style your shelves.

True confessions: we’ve both been nesting lately (J’s a newlywed, and L’s expecting any day now!). Since a whole-house overhaul isn’t an option for either one of us, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve/enhance our abodes with found objects and a little (or a lot!) creative styling. One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to re-style a bookshelf or cabinet. Read on for our tips on styling your shelves.

First, a little inspiration from one of our favorite designers Windsor Smith:

Next, assess your books. Start by dividing them by spine color. Remember to peek under dust jackets – sometimes the actual book spine works better with your scheme than the shiny jacket. Give yourself options! If that doesn’t produce compelling results, try sorting by size. This process is trial and error – just keep rearranging your piles until you get several groupings you like. Don’t be scared to venture outside your living room – sometimes you can find the perfect size/color book in your kitchen, child’s room, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Now, experiment with placement. Switch up your stacks on the shelves – place some books vertically, some horizontally. You can vary the arrangements within the same shelf, or do one shelf horizontally, the next vertically, etc.

Finally, incorporate non-books into your arrangements. Plants, textiles, pretty boxes, ceramic animals or bowls, etc are what give your shelves personality! Don’t run out and buy stuff – just go on a treasure hunt around your house. This cheat sheet from Domaine home is a great starting point.

To get you started, here are two shelfie looks using some of our favorite objects.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Traditional
leopard-bound books // malachite boxes // ginger jar // antler bowl // framed silhouette // loving cup // ceramic dogs // hydrangea arrangement // mark twain book collection

TRADITIONAL trappings like a chinoiserie ginger jar and gold loving cup get punched up with leopard-bound books and malachite boxes.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Glamorous
trays // peony arrangement // horn candlestick // rhino figurine // deer head bookends // pink box // puffin classics

GLAMOROUS black and white accessories are the perfect partner to pink and gold accents.

Now, start styling! And share your pics with us on instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

Sources: Target and One Kings Lane

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recap: MAGIC.

Hi, glitter girls! HAPPY FRIDAY!

We’re back from a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas for the MAGIC apparel trade show. We had a blast, but more importantly we scored some seriously great inventory for Social and Dish. We also used our trip to launch The Glitter Life Instagram feed (@glitter_blog_xo). Thank you for all the “likes” and comments on our pics! Now, for the details…

MAGIC by Numbers

Number of hours we were gone: 39

Number of room-to-suite upgrades: 1 (thanks to the awesome staff at the Rumor Boutique Hotel!)

Number of new lines picked up: 7 (more about that later!)

Number of glasses of free champagne consumed: 8 (hey, there are two of us.)

Number of outfit  changes in airport or hotel bathrooms: 3

Number of things L left at home: 6 (comb, q-tips, laptop charger, business cards, socks, stapler)

Number of free bracelets scored: 6

Number of times we typed “#roadtomagic” (the official hashtag of the show) into our Twitter and Instagram feeds: 89

Now, for our journey in pics.

Travel Collage
champs with jay and our friend rebecca at mirko the night before // packing light // a stop at dry bar for pretty hair // dressed for the plane ride // hummus and a glass of wine after a long trip // we made it through security wearing all of this // rumor boutique hotel // upgrade // bye bye hotel, we’ve got work to do
MAGIC Collage
it’s official // loved these colorful bracelets // rifling through the racks // crushed on these flats // this “joe” bracelet joined L’s arm party // bright silks for summer // can’t wait to get these nude patent wedges in // clutches // view from the vip lounge
MAGIC Collage 2
bcbgeneration lounge // printed leggings for fall // our boots got a workout // threads 4 thought booth // swag // palm tree // photo booth // we heart our bcbgeneration sales rep raleigh // done, finally
Travel Collage 2
our luggage // pretty orchid in our suite // we were so tired… // but our hair wasn’t… // project at mandalay bay // obsessed with these kicks at the airport // home sweet home for j // truth // long drive back to statesboro for l

Whew! Did any of you go to PROJECT, ENK or MAGIC? We’d love to hear about your trip! Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo.

Next week we’ll meet some more glitter girls and give you a summer/fall preview for Social and Dish. xoxo

L+J

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